Whether you are already a part of the franchise world or just curious about what it entails, there is a good chance you have come across Elite Franchise Magazine. This well-trusted publication offers news and features for both franchisors and franchisees, as well as interviews with the industry’s leading figures. So when they asked to speak with Fantastic Services co-founder and CEO Rune Sovndahl about the company’s successful franchise model, the entrepreneur was only too happy to share his insight.
“Franchising – or perhaps some form of sharing-economy-franchising hybrid like ours – is the future.”
The article touched upon the humble beginnings of Fantastic Services back in 2009, when Rune and Anton Skarlatov met by chance and then took a leap of faith to launch an on-demand cleaning service. Unlike many new startups of that time, the pair had a somewhat “economical” budget. During a period when the UK was in the midst of a recession they were undeterred and they put in the hard work necessary. From building the website to handing out flyers, they did it all.
The entrepreneurial duo had clearly tapped into something special. The business grew and expanded into different service territories, from a man-and-van service to babysitting snail, (yes, you read that correctly) as well as taking Fantastic Services to the US and Australia. This proved to be successful and motivated Rune to direct their thriving company model down the franchise route.
On a more serious note, Elite Franchise picked up on Rune’s belief that the company’s success came from understanding that both the customers and workers are equally important. The Fantastic Academy is one way that the franchisees are supported with a regular training program. He mentioned that incorporating new technology is also essential to the future growth of the company.
Needless to say, this is by no means the end of this business story for Fantastic Services. To read the full article and to learn more about how franchising can offer a more professionalised and fair alternative to businesses operating in the sharing economy, visit the Elite Franchising website.